[34], In December 2020, the tabby stalked a pigeon outside Boris Johnson’s official residence, and even managed to catch it. Reply to this post. Created with Sketch. Nevertheless, bookmakers Ladbrokes made Cameron the odds-on (1/2) favourite to leave Downing Street first, with Larry as the 6/4 outsider. His name is Larry — Larry the cat. 2 Min Read "[17], In September 2013, tensions were reportedly growing between Cameron and Larry. Larry was selected by former Conservative PM … Later that year, it was revealed that Larry spent more time sleeping than hunting for mice, and shared the company of a female cat, Maisie. Jump directly to the content . Larry for PM! Maria Trigo bought 5 dreamies s. Share. Larry was selected by former Conservative PM … Larry, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, has been cat-napping on the job, reports the Daily Mail. Larry the cat picks on the PM's new dog, the Chancellor revealed. Larry the … Larry the Cat @Number10cat I realise that some of you will find the video of me (almost) catching a pigeon distressing - the good people @Natures_Voice have put together this advice for cat owners: How to Stop Cats Catching & Killing Birds | Cat Owners Advice - The RSPB A range of fairly simple measures can be recommended to help to reduce the risk of cats catching garden birds, … Section BBC News. In 2011, Larry was banned from the Prime Minister's quarters in 10 Downing Street as his fur was ruining the Prime Minister's fresh suits. Busy Mouser. The Chief Whip, Gavin Williamson, said that the cat would be called Cromwell. In a career spanning 13 years, Wilberforce served under four prime ministers from Edward Heath through to Margaret Thatcher. Larry the Cat granted a license to kill by Britain's PM Larry the Cat, a four-year-old tabby tasked with ridding the British Prime Minister's residence of rats, is settling into his new job. After the Supreme Court ruled Prime Minister Boris Johnson had acted illegally and lied to the Queen, Larry wanted to calm the nation’s fears. British Prime Minister David Cameron has made a major cabinet move: he fired his pet cat. In November 2014, George Osborne's cat Freya was removed from Downing Street leaving Larry as the Chief Mouser. But the chief mouser is likely to be more interested in the ongoing turf war between him and his Foreign Office rival, Palmerston. [38], "Larry vs Palmerston is the real fight in Westminster", "Larry the cat to join David Cameron in Downing Street", "Churnalism or news? @valerie345 bought 5 dreamies s. Larry, thank you for being a voice of reason ... you help this American get through her days. Larry the cat for Prime Minister This petition had 18 supporters Phillip Carter started this petition to Theresa May MP (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party) and 1 … [21], In August 2016, Sir Alistair Graham, former chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, responded to controversy over favouritism in Cameron's Dissolution Honours List by joking that he was "surprised Larry the cat didn't get one". ITV News reporter Lucy Manning paid a … [37] At one point in 2011, mice were so endemic in Downing Street that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, resorted to throwing a fork at one during a Cabinet dinner. Obama gave him a stroke and he was all right with Obama." [31] In September 2016, Lord Blencathra submitted a question in the House of Lords asking why the government did not pay for Larry's veterinary bill for an injury picked up in a fight against Palmerston, and whether the government would refund civil servants who paid for Larry's care. This led to Conservative MP Alan Clark using a parliamentary question to ask Mr Blair to outline what "steps were taken by Cabinet Office staff to establish the state of health of Humphrey the cat, prior to his departure from Downing Street". In his response, the prime minister explained that he was sent away due to worries about the "general deterioration in his condition". [9] On 28 August 2012, Larry made his first public killing, dropping his prey on the lawn in front of Number 10. Larry is also happy to work for biscuits (literally), meaning that the PM's wages normally paid by the UK tax payer can be put towards something more useful like the NHS for exam 10 under four prime ministers, from 1973-1986. Probably one of the most famous pets in politics, Larry the Downing Street Cat is a stalwart of Number 10. Larry the cat is the 12th 'chief mouser' of the Cabinet Office. Larry the Cat took up his position as Chief Mouser of Number 10 Downing Street in February 2011 - a year after the Camerons moved in. With many outgoing prime ministers in their final days often rewarding or knighting members of their loyal staff, perhaps a chance to repair the relationship still remains. The press joked that the Chancellor of the Exchequer might take over the Chief Mouser position.[12]. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Larry is a rescued stray cat from the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home who was chosen by Downing Street staff. LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested getting a dog for his Downing Street office to join current resident Larry the Cat. It was reported that Cameron objected to cat hair on his suit, and the smell of cat food had to be disguised by air freshener when Downing Street had visitors. "Number 10 cat Larry loses collar in 'most brutal fight yet' with Foreign Office's Palmerston", "Will Larry cope with Dilyn in Downing Street? Johnson is reportedly looking to get a dog too, but he'll have to find one that can get along with Larry. 26 Jul 2019. Larry the Downing Street cat has again reassured Britain that he is now running the country. The longest-serving prime ministerial cat was Wilberforce, who was resident at No. In April 2016, a new feline neighbour, Palmerston, moved into the Foreign Office. 02/15/2011 01:11 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017 'Chief Mouser,' Larry The Cat, Moves In With British Prime Minister David Cameron (VIDEO) DAVID STRINGER (Scroll down for video.) [33] During the fight, Larry lost his collar, whilst Palmerston suffered from several deep scratches and a badly cut ear. Adopted in 2011, Larry the cat has become a fixture at 10 Downing Street. Alastair Grant / AP July 12, 2016, 12:38 PM UTC / Updated July 12, 2016, 2:01 PM UTC Larry The Cat. So how have previous PMs warmed to their four-legged civil servant over the years? In a 2016 interview with the Sunday Times, Theresa May said she was "very happy to see Larry", but hinted she was more of a dog person after growing up with them at home. [2] Larry was intended to be a pet for the children of David and Samantha Cameron, and was described by Downing Street sources as a "good ratter" and as having "a high chase-drive and hunting instinct". Shared on Facebook. LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested getting a dog for his Downing Street office to join current resident Larry the Cat. ", On 1 August 2016, according to the political photographer Steve Beck, Larry had his "most brutal fight yet" with Palmerston on the steps of Number 10. ★★★★â˜, .css-1snjdh1-IconContainer{display:none;height:0.875em;width:0.875em;vertical-align:-0.0625em;margin-right:0.25em;}How Joe Biden's ancestral Irish home is celebrating. 10 Downing Street tabby cat, will stay on even as Prime Minister David Cameron, who brought him in to deal with a rodent problem in 2011, moves out. Freya the cat prowls Downing Street for the first time... and there's no sign of a scrap with the Prime Minister's pet Larry Ever since David Cameron replaced Gordon Brown as Prime Minister, there has … LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron turned to a new recruit Tuesday to help fend off his foes – an ally armed with whiskers, claws and sharp teeth. Larry, the Downing Street cat, sits outside the front door of 10 Downing Street, the official residence of Britain's Prime Minister, in London on September 2, 2019. David Cameron has said that Larry is a "bit nervous" around men, speculating that, since Larry was a rescue cat, this may be due to negative experiences in his past. … [21][29] The Leader of the House commented that he hoped that Palmerston and Larry would establish a "modus vivendi". [13] The Labour Party has confirmed that in the event of a Labour government, Larry would remain as Chief Mouser. Social Sharing Cameron mentioned that Barack Obama is an apparent exception to this fear: he said, "Funnily enough he liked Obama. 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